The Best Article of 2019

Urmila Chanam
Posted January 2, 2020 from India
Winning the national level journalism award 2019 during Youth Ki Awaaz Summit in New Delhi

21st December 2019, New Delhi, India

Received the prestigious national level journalism award during United Nations supported Youth Ki Awaaz Summit in New Delhi and my article on Shirui Lily and the danger of its possible extinction was adjudged the Best Article of 2019. The award was presented by Founder of Youth Ki Awaaz India's number one citizen journalism platform with 1,00,00,0 contributors, Mr. Anshul Tewari, an Ashoka Fellow.

For this article on the state flower of Manipur, a picturesque state in north eastern part of India inhabited by 37 ethnic communities, I travelled into remote rural regions within the state in Ukhrul district, met and interviewed different segments of people, scientists, village elders and chairman of village authority and government representatives to draw out an analysis on the cause of decline in its growth. It was an eye- opening experience to see how the scientists and research institutions and the government, each were working in silo without consulting each other. I am glad to assert that media plays a big role in facilitating convergence, in bringing about political will and binding from the community on the issue. I am thankful to the Department of Tourism, Government of Manipur, the community in Ukhrul, the scientists in ICAR, my driver who did not complain of travelling from morning till night and Youth Ki Awaaz for the platform to spread awareness on what's  needed to save the Shirui Lily.

Urmila Chanam is a World Pulse Voices of Our Future or Advanced Digital Empowerment Training Alumni, Featured Storyteller and Featured Changemaker.

 

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Hello, dear sister Urmila,

Congratulations on this achievement! We’re so proud of you!

Surely, there is nothing you cannot do.

I look forward to knowing what you will achieve this year.

Happy New Year! Hugs!

Urmila Chanam
Jan 04
Jan 04

Dearest Karen sister,
At hindsight everything looks like achievements and smiles, but in real, there was heartache, hardships, sickness and health challenges, disappointments when plans gave rise to surprises but what mattered the most was, focus and not losing sight of goals. 2019 was a tough one but a good one alright.Thank you so much for your warm wishes and celebrating my moment. A happy new year.
Much love and hugs
Urmila Chanam

Hello, sister Urmila,

What a formidable woman you are for overcoming the challenges and heartaches that led to this impressive recognition!

You are always an inspiration to us all. Hoping for the best this 2020!

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 02
Jan 02

Dear Urmila,
What an enormous leap forward in environmental protection thanks to this latest work of yours. This obviously took a lot of planning as well as your expert reporting. It bodes well that your courage, writing expertise, dedication and keen eye for priorities is being more and more recognized by government departments and judges of writing. Soar on dear sister!
Deep in sisterhood,
Tam

Wusufor
Jan 03
Jan 03

Congratulations dear Urmila on such tremendous achievements. We are all so proud of you. Very best wishes this year.
Take care of yourself
Lizzy

Urmila Chanam
Jan 04
Jan 04

I am so fortunate to belong to our family of supportive sisters. Happy new year sister Lizzy and thank you for your warm wishes.

Wusufor
Jan 04
Jan 04

You are welcome dear :-).
Thanks

Urmila Chanam
Jan 04
Jan 04

Thank you sister Tamarack. I wish I get more opportunities to cover issues that mean a lot to me like agriculture, indigenous communities and culture. I am happy that these articles are feeding into the government decisions and I want to be involved beyond the story.

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 06
Jan 06

The depth and breadth of your work is astounding. I often think of and am inspired by the many goddesses in your country who have countless arms all holding different aspects of life and work.

Tarke Edith
Jan 02
Jan 02

That is great Umila
Keep up .l am very happy with the award you just received dear . Forward ever dear.
Happy New year

Urmila Chanam
Jan 04
Jan 04

Thank you Tarke Edith and indeed, let's walk forward today and always

Jill Langhus
Jan 03
Jan 03

Hello Dear Urmila,

Big congrats for this amazing achievement and recognition. You must be so proud:-) What's next:-)?!

XX

Urmila Chanam
Jan 04
Jan 04

Thanks a lot sister Jill. I don't feel proud dear, I feel grateful for the opportunity to do these reporting trips and look forward to many more this year.

Jill Langhus
Jan 06
Jan 06

You're welcome:-) I see:-)

Looking forward to seeing them...

XX

Anita Shrestha
Jan 04
Jan 04

Good sister

Urmila Chanam
Jan 04
Jan 04

Thanks a lot sister.

Beth Lacey
Jan 14
Jan 14

Congratulations!